Mine was actually the V70XC 2.4 automatic petrol Cross Country. 1998 Winter pack.
A fantastic car, fast, reliable, safe, well screwed together, extremely comfortable with a brilliant sound system.
I couldn't praise the car highly enough. Great on the road and very capable off it too, except for the really rough stuff.
The luggage space is enormous and the seats fold flat and do come out if necessary. The intrusions are minimal from wheel arches and there are no window sills getting in the way.
The ride quality and road holding are wonderful and with sports mode engaged, it really shifts for such a big car. 0-60 in just over 8 seconds.
The only real beef I have with the car was that bits were pricy.
Bought an ex-police T5 for the wife thinking it would be a nice safe car for her and the kids. Immense fun to drive, very smooth and quiet, and will see off most "hot hatches". Everything works on it, and it has been 100% reliable. If I can grab the keys early enough in the morning, I use it myself and leave the wife with the company car.
The only money I've spent on it are a couple of tyres. Treat yourself- get one!
I have been urged by my excellent experience of the S70 2.5 140bhp petrol engine to write this review. I previously owned a Jag so my comparisons are to a high standard. I purchased my 1997 car in 1999 at auction with 87k on the clock it now has 167k and still feels good. I love the seats and the stereo and the non dating looks of this volvo. The car is a load lugger, used to help lugg tons of earth down to the dump whilst I was refurbishing my home but afterward it took the whole family skiing in the alps in comfort. On long runs it can average 33mph however the real average is nearer 27mph. The seat may be great but the ride can be harsh round town.
The servicing was expensive to begin with however I now take it to a garage in North East London who specialise in Volvo and my annual bill is between £400 and £750. Interestingly most specialists are fond of these cars and recommend them over their later brothers.
Front tyres and tracking problems means a new set every 22,000 miles. Current insurance is a laughable £260 pa, Group 13?
Always looking at selling this car but it keeps on going and whenever I get in to the high quality cabin with full rosewood and black leather, which has not shown its age, I still let her back into my heart.
No major problems and would recommend this as a limo and a work horse. This is what Volvo has built its reputation on.
I bought a V70 Classic 140 bhp in 2000. It was OK for the first year. Things started to go wrong after that, extremely expensive servicing and repairs. The economy is awful and you need the oil reserves of Kuwait to run it. It drinks a lot of oil too. The drive is quite good, a bit like driving a boat and certainly not responsive. Problems with stalling unexpectedly can be a problem, dangerous on a junction. A well known problem and the garage fixed it several times but the problem always came back. Some of the interior materials are quite good quality. If you need acres of space in the back and in the boot it is great, AND if you can afford the petrol and have your own oil well. In this day and age - one to avoid.
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